Long Range Plans
The RTC develops and participates in a variety of long range planning efforts and special studies designed to help guide transportation spending.
The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is a state-mandated, long range planning document that serves as a guide for future transportation funding decisions. The RTP outlines transportation challenges and establishes investment priorities for all of Santa Cruz County. The plan includes lists of transit, highway, local road, bike, and pedestrian needs in the region and estimates the amount of local, state and federal dollars that may be available for these projects over the next 25 years. The plan is updated to reflect the latest funding and project needs every four to five years.
Other Planning Efforts
The RTC coordinates the regional planning process with the Association of Monterey Bay Governments (AMBAG). The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), as well as RTPs for Monterey and San Benito Counties, are incorporated into the federally-mandated three county Monterey Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).
The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), in collaboration with Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, such as the SCCRTC, local jurisdictions, and transportation agencies throughout the Monterey Bay Area have been developing a regional growth and conservation strategy called Envisioning the Monterey Bay Area. This effort, otherwise known as the “Blueprint,” focuses on improved mobility, accessibility and coordinated transportation and local land use that houses the region’s future population but also preserves the most important agricultural lands and conservation areas. A successful strategy will detail how the region will reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) below trend through improved coordination between regional transportation and local land use planning. This coordination will facilitate changes in travel behavior. The Blueprint will use to help develop the next Regional and Metropolitan Transportation Plans.